Howzat! Cricket simulator is coming to Great Yarmouth to bowl over players

The Batfest cricket simulator is coming to Great Yarmouth
Picture: Batfest

The Batfest cricket simulator is coming to Great Yarmouth Picture: Batfest - Credit: Archant

Cricket lovers are being invited to test their batting skills against the world's first outdoor cricketing simulator in Great Yarmouth.

The simulator, which recreates the actions of the world's best bowlers, will be set up in the town centre between Thursday, June 1 and Saturday, September 30.

It has been made by Batfast and there will be challenges and prizes available as well as the chance to compare scores against other players of all ages and abilities brave enough to take on the device.

The simulator is coming to Yarmouth as part of arrangement with Batfast and the Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership.

It comes as England prepares to host and compete in the ICC Champions Trophy, and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) pushes out its All Stars Cricket campaign to increase participation in cricket.

Jonathan Newman, town centre manager at the Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership, said: 'We are delighted to host this fantastic attraction in Great Yarmouth at a time when bringing new experiences and entertainment is crucial to encouraging more people to use their town centres.'

Batfast was founded by childhood friends Runish Gudhka and Jignesh Patel.

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Having just closed a round of investment funding, Batfast has already launched simulators in Cape Town, London and Toronto, with Mumbai, Ludhiana and Karachi next on its pipeline.

A statement from the company said: 'The experience has been developed following extensive user feedback and input from international and domestic cricketers, and we are delighted to share that with the people of Yarmouth.

'We will aim to work with local businesses and organisations to help increase the participation in cricket as well as sports in general.

'The ECB is doing a great job in pushing cricket to the masses, and we aim to support this through entrepreneurship, innovation, technology.'

Batfast has developed two automated bowling machines, the B1 for recreation and light training and the B2 for cricket professionals.

Cricket fans in the Yarmouth area are being encouraged to share pictures of the cricket simulator on social media using the hashtag #batfaststreetcricket

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